Bergdorf Goodman Windows

Wishing you the happiest of holidays and hoping the season finds you surrounded by joy and merriment wherever you may be.  Admiring the spectacular windows at Bergdorf Goodman has become a holiday tradition for many, and so in keeping with that tradition {remember last year?}, here are a few of my favorite scenes from this year’s theme Holiday on Ice.  Do you see anything on your wish list?  I do.


Tokyo {Part III}

The trouble with visiting a place with so much to see and do is that you return with hundreds of pictures to edit and too many details to share.  This combined with a hectic summer at the day job amounted to a long absence from this blog.  Now a few trips and more than a few posts behind, I will endeavor to catch up.  But before leaving the subject of Tokyo, a few more scenes to share of the ever bustling Shibuya at night, dining at Yokota {a one Michelin star tempura restaurant}, wandering in search of Harajuku girls, eating the best tonkatsu at Maisen, and of course, finishing off our culinary tour with a delicious bowl of ramen from a favorite chain Ippudo {not having to wait in line made Andy a happy man}.

Nighttime in Tokyo, JapanShibuya, Tokyo, JapanMaisen, Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan


Visiting Kyoto, Japan {Day 1}

Over the weekend, we hopped on the shinkansen (bullet train) over to Kyoto, but before we did so, we grabbed a bowl of the most delicious dipping ramen at Tokyo Station’s ramen street.  I highly recommend Rokurinsha, but do allow extra time for the line can be long.  Wandering the Gion district of Kyoto, we marveled at the city’s high regard for tradition and on certain streets it seemed as if time stood still, and the quaint wooden homes and shops had remained untouched by time.  A crane perched along the creekside gazing at its own reflection while a newlywed couple swathed in beautiful traditional silk hurried by, trailed by an entourage of family and friends.

Gion district, Kyoto, JapanWedding, Gion district, Kyoto, JapanGion district, Kyoto, Japan

We spotted a gathering of students and tourists waiting for a glimpse of the geishas, who were expected to appear soon, all dressed for an evening out.  We waited with them, of course, and when the ladies finally appeared, they quickly walked – no glided – ever so gracefully and ducked into a waiting car.

Gion district, Kyoto, Japan, geishaGeisha, Kyoto, Japan